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The Gronthee International Poetry Festival
Saturday, January 26 @ 7:30 pm - Sunday, January 27 @ 10:30 pm
With a networking opportunity on 25 January 2019 at 7.30pm at Kobi Nazrul Centre (30 Hanbury Street E1 6QR – just drop -in if you want to join us there) this two-day free festival of international poetry has been organised by the Gronthee, a Bengali literary platform, in association with RadhaRaman Society, Arts4Democracy and eXXIled ART as an extended part of the exhibition Roots and Rifts.
The main festival will start on 26 January at Espacio Gellery and will end up there on 27 January 2019. The festival will bring some renowned contemporary poets from South Asian, Latin American, Persian, African as well as European backgrounds.
Curated by a Bengali poet Ahmed Kaysher and the editor of Gronthee poet Shamim Shahan, the festival features major works of both contemporary and ancient poets and rich tradition of global poetry through reading, talks and vocal music.
Saturday, 26 January 2019 at Espacio Gallery
7.30pm Poetry reading by contemporary poets from Latin American, African, South Asian and European background. The session feature poet Carlos Reyes Manzo poet David Lee Morgan poet Sofia Amina poet Jah-Mir Early poet Tanvir Ratul poet Farah Naz poet Ezra Miles Poet Rose Drew Poet Peter Bearder Poet Nick Sawyer
8.45pm: Recitation from the an iconic poet of Bengal Michael Madhusudan Dutt by Tanjina Nur-i Siddique
8.55pm Vocal music – Tagore recital by a prominent Tagore (the first Nobel laureate from the East) exponent Dr Imtiaz Ahmed
9.20pm: Recitation from another iconic poet of Bengal Jibanananda Das by Ajanta Deb Roy
9:30pm Reading from Cavafy, Rimbaud and Ghalib and talk
Sunday, 27 January 2019 at Espacio Gallery
7.30pm: Reading from recently demised Bengali poet Delower Hussain Monju by Dilu Naser
7.40pm Poetry reading by European, South Asian, Persian and Latin American poets. The session features poet Ziba Karbassi poet David Lee Morgan Poet Marcia Martins da Rosa poet Math Jones poet Lawrence Mathias poet Ayub Aulia poet Gaby Sambeccetti poet Rezwan Maruf, poet Shamim Shahan Poet Kamal Rahman Shumon Supantho and T M Ahmed Kaysher
9.00pm Recitation from Michael Madhusudan Dutt by Urmee Mazher
9.10pm Recitation from Nazrul by Soma Das
9.20pm Vocal Music from the composition of Nazrul and Ghalib
Contact for detail: Shamim Shahan 07916809935